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Senior linebacker and captain Ryan D’Imperio has anchored the Scarlet Knights this season on defense. The Sewell, N.J., native leads the team with 25 tackles through four games this year.

Tensions rise as candidates quarrel over budget BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The state’s top three gubernatorial candidates faced off yesterday in the first of three debates of the election season. Democratic candidate Gov. Jon S. Corzine, Republican candidate Chris Christie and Independent candidate Chris Daggett debated topics ranging from the state’s budget, abortion and medical marijuana live on the New Jersey Now television network. One of the top issues discussed was closing the state’s $8 billion budget gap. While all three agreed on a need to cut spending and the size of government, they disagreed how this would be accomplished. Former U.S. Attorney Christie said his administration would work cooperatively with the legislature to consolidate government and encourage shared ser vices to decrease spending. While Christie claimed the other candidates would not do this, Corzine said he has cut the budget significantly. “We’ve cut the budget this year — for the second year in a row for the first time in 60 years — over 60 percent. … Making tough deci-

sions in a tough environment is what being a governor is about,” said Corzine, the incumbent. He said the government has cut about 8,400 public jobs and would continue to use a hard hiring freeze, furloughs and wage freezes to reduce the size of government and spending. “We have taken every step to make sure we are controlling the cost of public workers,” Corzine said. Daggett, a former head of the Department of Environmental Protection, said he would ask state employees to work with Trenton to freeze salaries and pensions, ultimately saving jobs by preventing firings to save more money. Christie said Corzine’s plan would raise taxes $9 billion and Daggett’s would raise them $4 billion. Corzine and Daggett denied this. Daggett said he would not raise taxes, but cut them to create a balanced system, which would be more affordable for middle-class homeowners. Daggett said he would cut property taxes across the board 25 percent, cut both large and small corporate taxes 25 percent and expand the 7 percent sales tax over more services.



Students watch the first gubernatorial debate yesterday at an event sponsored by the Eagleton Institute of Politics on Douglass campus. Candidates discussed topics ranging from teenage pregnancy to medical marijuana.

U. anticipates millions in online course revenues



Growing trends in continuing education are contributing to a huge growth in online education, which shows no signs of slowing down, said Vice President of Continuous Education and Outreach Raphael Caprio.

In his address to the University last Friday, University President Richard L. McCormick said the growing popularity of these programs help fill the needs of students as well as improving the University’s finances. “Revenue from online and offcampus programs increased last year


Site streamlines special event parking requests BY CAGRI OZUTURK ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR STEPHANIE YEE

President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Stephen K. Jones speaks yesterday at the signing of the first formal collaboration agreement with the American Cancer Society to increase support services.

Students will have an easier time obtaining parking permits for special events after recent Department of Transportation Web site improvements. “Students simply need to go to the event parking section of the trans-

portation department’s Web site and fill out the form that is provided there,” University Affairs Committee Chair Ben West said. “The Department of Transportation will then review their application and notify them of approval.”


Lounge puts football recruits amid student section BY JOHN WILDMAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Rutgers Stadium will receive another expansion, though on a much smaller scale. The new $4.875 million facility, the

Brown Football Recruiting Lounge and Welcome Center, is designed to enhance the University’s ability to recruit student-athletes as well as raise money for athletic and academic programs, said Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Jason Baum.

“The purpose of the facility is for football game day and non-game day recruiting functions,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. “It also serves in in-game entertainment of appropriate groups including faculty, fundraising events for athletics

and the University, recruiting events for all 24 Rutgers sports and tours for prospective Rutgers students.” Baum said an anonymous donor and 1982 Rutgers alumnus Greg


INDEX ONLINE Take a video tour of the new Visitor Center on Busch campus with Courtney McAnuff, vice president of Enrollment Managment on

OPINIONS A columnist looks at how Centurion creator and University alumnus James O’Keefe brought back muckraking in his recent exposure of ACORN and what he did to obtain the truth.

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Acclaimed poet debuts new book BY ABIRA SENGUPTA CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Rainbow-colored shirts flutter in the autumnal air personalized for or by victims of violence. The yearly Clothesline Project represents victims who have suffered domestic and sexual assault as well as those who have died.

Violence victims unite under colorful clothes BY AVANI VYAS

“The best way to help students is by helping them and by reaching out to the community,” said Colored T-shirts hanging on Root, who is also part of clotheslines in Voorhees Mall on SCREAM Theater, which eduthe College Avenue campus cates students and the communireminded the University commu- ty about fighting violence. nity Wednesday to take action Volunteer Michael Demko against domestic violence. said it is important for athletes to Volunteers for the Clothesline take a stand against violence and Project gave out T-shirts for people be role models for the University. to decorate and represent women There are always people who who have suffered from domestic see violence, but do not have the violence, rape, sexual assault, sex- courage to take a stand and help ual abuse and even death. other students out, he said. “Each shirt represents a person “Be supportive no matter what or a group of people and what they the event is and who they are, help have gone through,” said Laura them by talking to them, but never Luciano, assistant take the power manager for away from them,” “This is a Sexual Assault said Demko, a Services and communication issue School of Arts and Crime Victim Sciences senior. regardless if we Assistance, which For students works with vioaffected by viohave been lence, stalking and lence, Demko said rape concerns. personally impacted they should reach She said many to someone by violence or not.” out victims feel as if supportive, visit they are alone, the Department of LAURA LUCIANO and one of the Sexual Assault Assistant Manager for Sexual purposes of the Services and Assault Services and Crime project was to Crime Victim Victim Assistance show them they Assistance near are not. the College Volunteer Brady Root said it is Avenue campus and never keep unfortunate that the world is their problems hidden. obsessed with violence. “Never blame yourself — even “This is a communication if you think it is your fault — issue regardless if we have been always remember that you are personally impacted by violence never the reason [and] never to or not,” Luciano said. “It is always blame for anything that happens,” important to reach out and help Root said. those individuals that have been The Department of Sexual impacted directly with violence, Assault Ser vices and Crime and this is why it is so important Victim Assistance holds many to our department and to myself.” events and gives students Root, a Cook College senior, said opportunities to speak and help the project was important because it out. Visit their of fice at 3 empowers victims and lets them Bartlett St. in New Brunswick realize they control their own lives. for more information. CONTRIBUTING WRITER

World-renown poet Marie Ponsot performed Wednesday night for the University at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum’s Art After Hours program. Assistant Professor Susan Miller introduced the poet but said it was difficult to do so because of Ponsot’s many talents and contributions to America. “The thread that runs through all of Marie’s work is the intelligence of a mind that continuously looks for truth and a tongue that speaks precisely, so as to hold the attention of the reader while communicating clearly and beautifully,” she said. Ponsot read from her latest book “Easy,” which will be released Oct. 24 nationwide. She opened the reading with the poem “Private and Profane.” “It is my first time reading this poem from the actual book,” she said. “It is a ver y, ver y scar y feeling.” The poet said she finds her inspiration for her writing in the English language. “It is one of the greatest languages of the world,” Ponsot said. She also is inspired by physical activities such as long walks and swimming. “Being physical makes it easy for me to write,” Ponsot said. “After walking around the park, I can’t wait to get home and write poetr y.” Ponsot read the poem “Simples.” She said the singlelined poem — “What do I want? I want to get better.” — was one

of the shortest but metaphorically one of the longest poems in the book. The poet has inspired many at the University. Miller, along with Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Julio Nazario and three other creative writing professors, had Ponsot as their professor. “I try to teach like her as much as possible,” Miller said. “Marie’s teaching methods only allow for objective commentar y rather than criticism. This is something I try to practice in my classroom.” The museum’s Curator of Education and Outreach Alfredo Franco said the University believes in interdisciplinar y partnership and the collaboration of art. “Rutgers is a conclave of ‘the School of Marie,’” Franco said. “The teachers here apply Marie to their teachings, and I am constantly in awe of the works their students are producing.” School of Arts and Sciences senior Amy Meng said Miller encouraged her to attend Ponsot’s poetry reading. “Ponsot is one of Susan Miller’s biggest mentors,” Meng said. “As someone who both enjoys writing and reading poetry, I thought that I would come listen to Ponsot’s poetry.” Samantha Murray, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, also came to the program because of the strong impression that Ponsot left on her professor. “I love poetr y, so I thought that I would come listen to someone who has seemed to

inspire so many great writers,” Murray said. Ponsot is the author of “True Minds,” “Admit Impediment,” “The Green Dark,” “The Bird Catcher” and “Springing: New and Selected Poems.” She also translated more than 30 books from French and wrote two books about teaching, “Beta Not the Poor Desk” and “The Common Sense.” At 88 years old, she continues to teach at Queens College, Beijing International University, Columbia University, New York University, The New School, Poet’s House and the Unterberg Poetry Center. The single mother of seven won many accolades throughout her career, including a grant from National Endowment of the Arts, the Delmore Schwartz National Prize, the Robert Frost Medal, the Shaughnessy Medal of the Modern Language Association, the National Book Critics Circle Award and many others. “Marie’s modesty and good grace have not obscured the greatness of her work both on the page and in the classroom,” Miller said. “She is a lady who always manages to make writing and living look easy.” Ponsot ended her performance with “Dancing Day,” which is the title of a Christmas carol the writer came across as a little girl. “It talks about the birth and death of Christ and refers to both days as the ‘dancing day,’” she said. “Ever since reading that Christmas carol, I always tell my kids not to be afraid of death.”


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ONLINE: Goal of $65M in course revenues set for 2014 continued from front to $20.5 million, and we are only now emerging from infancy in these areas,” McCormick said. “We believe that within five years, revenues from such programs will grow more than threefold to $65 million.” Caprio said McCormick’s goal of reaching $65 million of revenue in five years is a good one but may be overly prudent. “Some of us even think it is a little on the prudent side, but it is definitely an achievable goal,” he said. “We offer over 100 online courses now and will probably offer at least 250 by the time we reach McCormick’s goal.” Par t-time Business School Lecturer Sandy Becker said he has also noticed the trend in growth of online classes, especially in the business and education fields. “There is the trend in professionals taking online courses for accreditation reasons, to refresh their skills and gain degrees,” Becker said. “Obviously these online programs are more efficient for

SITE: Temporary permits limited to three per semester continued from front If they already have a yearly parking pass for their car and are approved for a student event parking permit, they will incur no charges, he said. If they do not have one, they will have to purchase a temporary parking pass after they are approved for the student event parking permit. A student who does not have a regular parking pass on campus — but needs one due to certain circumstances — can go to the Department of Transportation Services Web site for a temporary pass. Someone cannot have more than three temporary permits per semester; it is valid for one to five days and costs $5 per day. According to the Web site, the special events pass must be one time only for programs such as fundraisers, workshops or lectures. After the request is sent, it can take up to three business days. The permission will only be applicable for the time and location approved in the e-mail. “This is something the groups have been looking forward to,” said Rutgers University Student Assembly Chair Werner Born, a School of Engineering senior. “This will benefit the groups who have these large-scale events who need parking for distinguished guests, performers and even students who need to park for these events.” Director of the Department of Transportation Services Jack Molenaar said that the meeting between him and West was productive and professional. “Based on that meeting was how we came up with the solu-

RECRUITS: Lounge to be completed by December continued from front Brown, the current president and co-CEO of Motorola, privately funded the costs. The 7,656 square-foot football-recruiting lounge and welcome center will be built on the mezzanine level in the new south end zone of the expanded stadium, according to a press release.

some people who cannot commute easily. There is a growing trend in working adults going back to school, and online courses are much more accessible for them.” Patrick Danner, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, doesn’t think online courses are a good alter native to in-class learning. “I would think the environment of the classroom is more conducive to retaining information, just the psyche involved with entering a classroom,” he said. “A professor seems like a better authority than a text box on a screen.” Most University students will need to pursue continuing education throughout their lives in order to keep up with changing technologies, Caprio said. “In today’s work environment, most of what we know is going to be replaced or obsolete within 10 years,” he said. “When you graduate from college, that’s probably the beginning of seven more years of college on and off just to keep up. Online classes make that continuous education much more convenient.” Caprio said the University has 380,000 living alumni, so if just 1 percent of them take an online tion,” he said. “Many times there are solutions, but it depends on the issue and how it impacts the rest of the University community.” According to the resolution, Transportation Services was very receptive and amenable to the concerns of the students. “The meeting was very productive,” West said. “[Molenaar] agreed to meet with me after he saw that many students in the University Affairs Committee online forum expressed concern because they were unsure about how to go about obtaining permits for student-sponsored events on campus.” Among the concerns was that the process was unclear, he said. They also discussed nearly 24 individual concerns that were raised in the forum, and the answers to those concerns are now posted in the Facebook group. “This is a very popular issue that many RUSA representatives and especially Rutgers students are excited about, so I would expect that it has a fair chance of passing,” West said. “If the assembly has further recommendations, I can always relay them to Jack Molenaar, who is very receptive to the concerns of students.” This is the University Affairs Committee’s first piece of work during the semester, and they are pleased to have helped address this important student concern, he said. They will now introduce a resolution endorsing the changes of the RUDOTS Web site and the work of the University Affairs committee. “This is something positive that will help a lot of students,” Born said. “It’s something beneficial that has already been accomplished in the first month for students.” The new facility, named after Brown, began construction in August. “I think it’s terrific that two donors have stepped forward to support the Rutgers football program,” said President of the Rutgers University Foundation Carol P. Herring, vice president of Development and Alumni Relations. “They understand the critical role that recruiting plays in building a football program.” Kyle Stark, a School of Engineering first-year student, feels the recruiting lounge is necessary.




Students study at the College Avenue Computing Center in Records Hall. The University has seen an increasing trend in online courses, especially in business and education department courses. course, the University will receive $10 million. Becker said his only concern over the continued growth of online courses is that the quality of the online class experience may not measure up to actually being in a class. “The only problem I have is that sometimes the value and

accreditation of these programs is less than the in-class experience,” he said. “However, they really provide a tremendous opportunity for working adults looking to continue their education.” In addition to online courses, working adults and other students seeking out online courses should also consider looking into

the University’s off-campus programs, Caprio said. “We also have programs at colleges like Brookdale, Atlantic Cape and Raritan Valley Community College, so that students who cannot commute but value a Rutgers degree can work toward that in other locations,” he said.

BUDGET: All three not

“Certainly we need to give kids and women the opportunity to choose what they want to do,” said Daggett, who is pro-abortion rights, along with the governor. Christie is anti-abortion and said parents need to encourage family values. “We need to make sure that we do everything we can to teach our children that sexual activity is not something they should be engaged in until they are ready for it,” he said. In regard to the medical marijuana bill currently in the State Assembly’s Health Committee, Corzine gave a terse answer.

“I’ll sign the bill,” he said. Both Daggett and Christie said they agree, but need to see the details to make sure there are sufficient legal safeguards to prevent the drug from being abused. Despite the candidates’ discourse about their policy plans and goals, the personal attacks were high. Daggett, Corzine, the moderator and reporters repeatedly asked Christie to specify his plans, and all three fired insults back and forth throughout the debate. “I’m the only one that’s laid out specific plans and specific policies. … I’m still waiting for the others to do that … and by the way, my driv-

ing record’s clean,” Daggett said in reference to Corzine’s television ad claiming Christie used his legal power to evade a ticket. While watching the debate broadcast at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on Douglass campus, Lonnie Affrime of the University’s Roosevelt Institute said he thought Daggett came out on top. “The debate has been Christie and Corzine going against each other,” said Affrime, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Affrime said Christie has no concrete plans, and the statistics he cites are not related to his plans. He said while Corzine may not be perfect, he did have a plan and record to discuss. Vice President of the Rutgers Democrats Naomi Michaelis said because of the media’s tendency to cover negative news, a lot of Corzine’s accomplishments — such as placing a cap on decreased tuition cuts for state universities — have been buried. “You never hear about the good things the governor has done,” said Michaelis, a Douglass College senior. Vice President of the Rutgers University College Republicans Noah Glyn said both Daggett and Christie did well, but not the governor. He said both Christie and Daggett gave plans, but he was confused by Corzine’s remarks and his attacks on Christie. Glyn said while Christie was not as specific as possible, he believes Christie’s general views are the best for the state. “Ideology can help guide you in the right direction,” said Glyn, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore.

excited feeling similar to prospective students touring a really nice dormitory,” Stark said. Rutgers College senior Monica Milano thinks that spending focus needs to remain on academics. “I think the football program in general is a huge waste of money,” Milano said. “The constant focus on football really takes away from the primary focus of college, which is academics.” Neelesh Mittal, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, had mixed emotions. While he thinks the money could be used elsewhere,

he said the recruitment lounge could help increase donations. “I understand what the University wants to do with this program, such as increase the quality of our football team and increase the level of fundraising, which could benefit other areas of the University,” Mittal said. “[But] if what the University says is true about private donations, I have no qualms with this project.” The recruiting lounge is scheduled for completion in December 2009.

opposed to medical marijuana continued from front “It’s not raising taxes $4 billion — it’s levying out the system,” he said. Corzine acknowledged the governor’s state constitutional duty to balance the budget and said raising taxes would be a last resort to do this. “I don’t intend to raise taxes but the fact is, you have to balance the budget,” he said. Corzine said his administration has given $7 million in property tax rebates, but Christie said there have been $9 billion in new taxes and fees since Corzine became governor and the average median salary has dropped. “This is the Corzine squeeze — salaries going down, taxes going up,” Christie said. Corzine questioned where Christie was getting his facts, claiming the median salary has not decreased and more jobs have been creating through increasing infrastructure. Daggett said both parties have borrowed a lot of money from the state, creating debt. “I’m getting squeezed here in the middle,” Daggett joked, as he was positioned between the two. The candidates then debated reducing teenage pregnancy and a woman’s right to choose. All three agreed that increasing education on the matter is important. Daggett and Corzine said teenagers should be properly educated about prenatal care, safe abortions and responsible sex. “Rutgers football has been getting better and better, and they should be rewarded,” Stark said. “I’m not saying ever y team that does well should get an upgrade or expansion of its building facilities, but the Rutgers football team is a pretty big and prominent part of the University. I think it’s fair.” He also said the recruiting lounge is a reward for the football team. “Football recruits that enter the stadium and visit the football recruiting lounge might get that

“This is the Corzine squeeze — salaries going down, taxes going up.” CHRIS CHRISTIE Republican Gubernatorial Candidate




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Michael Packer of the the Michael Packer Blues Band plays Tuesday at the Rutgers University Programming Association’s Blues Coffeehouse. The event was meant to introduce students to the highly-influential world of blues music.



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Join WRSU at tonight from 10 p.m. to midnight to listen live to the up-and-coming singersongwriter rock band Walking With Cavemen. To listen to the band before the show, check out or join their Facebook page. The Unplugged Rutgers Board Game Club will be having its weekly meeting on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Busch Campus Center, Room 174. Come by to meet new people, chow down on food and try some board games that you have never seen! The club plays everything from chess to “Last Night on Earth,” a zombie-survival horror game, so feel free to stop by! RU SWARA will be hosting an Indian classical bamboo flute concert at 7:30 p.m. in Hickman Hall on Douglass campus. The artist’s name is Shashank and he is one of the world’s foremost flautists. He will be accompanied by a violinist and a mridangam player. The event is free for RU students and faculty.


There will be a Daily Targum Training Workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in rooms A2 and A3 of Hardenburgh Hall on the College Avenue campus for prospective/current writers, photographers and videographers. The writer’s workshop in room A2 will feature Tom Davis on News Writing 101, Jeannine DeFoe will help students find and write good features and Herb Jackson will show how to find the story within a boring meeting. The photo/multimedia workshop in room A3 will feature Bumper DeJesus, a photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner, on Multimedia options and blogs as well as Ted Mann on social media on hyper-local Web sites. The keynote speaker, Robin Gaby Fisher, a Pulitzer finalist and writer for The StarLedger, will also present


The Livingston Campus Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 113 of the Livingston Student Center. They hold weekly meetings. The SEBS/Cook Campus Council will hold their weekly meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Cook Campus Center. The Asian Student Council Meeting will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Asian American Cultural Center on Livingston campus. Expect updates from University Affairs Chairman Ben West.

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How do you get a job without experience, and how do you get experience without a job? That is the question posed by the Student to Professional Internship Network. The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Career Services created SPIN to give its students an opportunity to gain insight into a profession while earning credits toward their degree, said Kristen Lester, the coordinator for SPIN. Two program options are available to undergraduates. The first is a three-credit internship. The second is more extensive — a six-credit, six-month, full time co-op, she said. Undergraduates do not have to be full-time students while participating in the SPIN program, but most students opt for the internship because they do not have to take time away from classes, Lester said. Many potential employers, including Flavor Dynamics Inc., MTV Networks and ColgatePalmolive, seek out University talent, she said. “Participating in an internship program while still in school helps students acquire

the skills and confidence necessar y to attain their first job. In fact, employers will frequently use interns as a means to recruit tomorrow’s full-time employees,” Lester said. “Internships give students a taste of what they can expect when they enter the workforce. In addition, internships allow students to forge valuable professional contacts and refer-

“The secret to getting your dream internship is through networking ...” LARRY JACOBS Career Management Specialist for Career Services

ences through networking.” Lester said the partnership with Career Services makes SPIN unique. It provides students with a greater opportunity to benefit from the extensive list of services offered by Career Services while staying focused within their field of study, she said. “What we do is more than just résumé writing, cover letters and how to find a job; we give students strategy and technique, other

approaches towards a career,” said Larry Jacobs, the career management specialist for Career Services. “Most students follow the traditional route, the newspaper and online. The secret to getting your dream internship is through networking … and SPIN.” The upside to SPIN is its accessible opportunities. “It gives students the ability to find an internship without having to go through the muck of online Web searching through unknown sites,” said Daniel Kurz, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore. Students who are interested in applying need to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above and 24 credits. Lester urged first-year students to not wait, saying that they can apply for summer internships during the spring semester. Lester encouraged students to stop by 211 Miller Hall at 88 Lipman Drive on Cook campus with any questions and to visit the SPIN Web site at dex.html. “Do what you love, and love what you do,” Jacobs said. SPIN was created to help students land the internship that will do exactly that, he said.


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Evolution theory amiss with discovery of new ancestor THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The stor y of humankind is reaching back another million years as scientists learn more about “Ardi,” a hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. The 110-pound, 4-foot female roamed forests a million years before the famous Lucy, long studied as the earliest skeleton of a human ancestor. This older skeleton reverses the common wisdom of human evolution, said anthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University. Rather than humans evolving from an ancient chimp-like creature, the new find provides evidence that chimps and humans evolved from some long-ago common ancestor _ but each evolved and changed separately along the way. “This is not that common ancestor, but it’s the closest we have ever been able to come,” said Tim White, director of the Human Evolution Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. The lines that evolved into modern humans and living apes probably shared an ancestor 6 million to 7 million years ago, White said in a

telephone inter view. But Ardi has many traits that do not appear in modern-day African apes, leading to the conclusion that the apes evolved extensively since we shared that last common ancestor. A study of Ardi, under way since the first bones were discovered in 1994, indicates the species lived in the woodlands and could climb on all fours along tree branches, but the development of their arms and legs indicates they didn’t spend much time in the trees. And they could walk upright, on two legs, when on the ground. Formally dubbed Ardipithecus ramidus — which means root of the ground ape — the find is detailed in 11 research papers published Thursday by the journal Science. “This is one of the most important discoveries for the study of human evolution,” said David Pilbeam, curator of paleoanthropology at Har vard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. “It is relatively complete in that it preserves head, hands, feet and some critical parts in between. It represents a genus plausibly ancestral to Australopithecus — itself ancestral to our genus Homo,” said

Pilbeam, who was not part of the research teams. Scientists assembled the skeleton from 125 pieces. Lucy, also found in Africa, thrived a million years after Ardi and was of the more human-like genus Australopithecus. “In Ardipithecus we have an unspecialized form that hasn’t evolved ver y far in the direction of Australopithecus. So when you go from head to toe, you’re seeing a mosaic creature that is neither chimpanzee, nor is it human. It is Ardipithecus,” said White. White noted that Charles Dar win, whose research in the 19th centur y paved the way for the science of evolution, was cautious about the last common ancestor between humans and apes. “Dar win said we have to be really careful. The only way we’re really going to know what this last common ancestor looked like is to go and find it. Well, at 4.4 million years ago we found something pretty close to it,” White said. “And, just like Dar win appreciated, evolution of the ape lineages and the human lineage has been going on independently since the time those lines split, since that last common ancestor we shared.”

ARDI, NEW EARLIEST HOMINID, FACTS: • Ardi was found in Ethiopia’s Afar Rift, where many fossils of ancient plants and animals have been discovered. Findings near the skeleton indicate that at the time it was a wooded environment. Fossils of 29 species of birds and 20 species of small mammals were found at the site. • Geologist Giday WoldeGabriel of Los Alamos National Laboratory was able to use volcanic layers above and below the fossil to date it to 4.4 million years ago. • Ardi’s upper canine teeth are more like the stubby ones of modern humans than the long, sharp, pointed ones of male chimpanzees and most other primates. An analysis of the tooth enamel suggests a diverse diet, including fruit and other woodland-based foods such as nuts and leaves. • Paleoanthropologist Gen Suwa of the University of Tokyo reported that Ardi’s face had a projecting muzzle, giving her an ape-like appearance. But it didn’t thrust forward quite as much as the lower faces of modern African apes do. Some features of her skull, such as the ridge above the eye socket, are quite different from those of chimpanzees. The details of the bottom of the skull, where nerves and blood vessels enter the brain, indicate that Ardi’s brain was positioned in a way similar to modern humans, possibly suggesting that the hominid brain may have been already poised to expand areas involving aspects of visual and spatial perception. • Ardi’s hand and wrist were a mix of primitive traits and a few new ones, but they don’t include the hallmark traits of the modern treehanging, knuckle-walking chimps and gorillas. She had relatively short palms and fingers which were flexible, allowing her to support her body weight on her palms while moving along tree branches, but she had to be a careful climber because she lacked the anatomical features that allow modern-day African apes to swing, hang and easily move through the trees. • The pelvis and hip show the gluteal muscles were positioned so she could walk upright. • Her feet were rigid enough for walking but still had a grasping big toe for use in climbing. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics of the University of California, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and others. — The Associated Press



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veryone hates sitting in class with their laptop waiting to receive some trace of a wireless signal. Whether you are trying to get to a link your professor is talking about, or you are just bored out of your mind and trying to play an addicting game, it is always irritating to find out that RU Wireless does not work in some buildings around the University campuses. Never fear, the Office of Information Technology is here to continue implementing wireless access in more classrooms. OIT began arranging for more wireless Internet in residential common areas and expanded access in classroom buildings throughout the summer. Some of the buildings that now have wireless are Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus, Tillet Hall on Livingston campus and Hickman Hall on Douglass campus. Although students will still have issues getting wireless service in the upper levels of Scott Hall, it is still better than nothing. OIT gets laurels for their efforts to help make getting RU Wireless more convenient for students. When you are able to connect to Sakai or Facebook during class, you now know whom to thank. *





American Girl dolls have captured the hearts of young girls for years. The dolls come with stories that pertain to a specific historical period in the country, and girls can buy the books, clothes and other accessories that make the doll the character they read about. There’s an African-American doll, a Mexican-American, a Jewish doll, a hippie doll, one who dealt with the Revolutionary War — you name it, there’s a doll for any event in history. These dolls, and the books that accompany them, tell young girls stories of strong characters overcoming obstacles. Positive messages are usually sent through these books. There is concern over the newest doll being added to the American Girl collection — Gwen Thompson, the homeless doll. Gwen’s story is about her father abandoning her family and her mother losing her job. The story also involves Gwen and her mother sleeping in their car. Can you only imagine the accessories that come with little Gwen? The company claims that the doll is to teach young girls about bullying, but these dolls are supposed to be fun and have uplifting stories for young girls to read. This doll would only teach girls that men abandon families and women are helpless. Sure, American Girl is all about diversity, but this may be crossing the line. American Girl gets darts for their new addition to the collection, and darts to any parents who will spend the $95 on a homeless doll. *





Parents of students in Martin Middle School in Martin, Tenn., had themselves a fright yesterday, as 475 absentee phone calls were made. An automated phone call goes out to students’ homes at 9 a.m. each morning when they are reported absent. There was obviously a glitch in the system, and way too many calls were made to families who thought they had sent their children on their merry way to school. The school had to deal with more than 20 anxious parents showing up to the school and dozens of phone calls because of the automated message. The school had to quickly send out another phone call saying that an error had been made. Darts are given to the school and their so-called new “user-friendly” phone system and its mistake. Parents must have been flipping out because they had no idea where their child could be if not in school. The school should invest in a better working automatic phone calling system or just make the calls themselves. It is understandable that there will be glitches, but one this big only causes problems. They are lucky parents were not causing them problems because of the mix-up. Hopefully, Martin Middle School does something to make sure this does not happen again, because it gave parents unnecessary fright and anxiety attacks. * * * * * Unnecessar y scares are occurring not only in schools in Tennessee, but right here in New Brunswick. McKinley Community School on Van Dyke Avenue had to evacuate its students Wednesday because they thought toxic fumes were filling the school. Kindergarten through eighth-grade students were evacuated out of the building around noon, when two teachers noticed strong fumes coming from gymnasium in the upper level of the school. In fear that the fumes were toxic, teachers thought it was best to get everyone out of the school. The fumes were actually just the smell from varnish put on the gymnasium floor. Once students were out of the building, custodians opened all the windows to get the smell out. The students and teachers were able to get into the building within the same hour of being evacuated. It is better to be safe than sorry, and the students probably enjoyed the unexpected break in the day. Teachers receive laurels for quickly getting the students out of the school, and laurels for the school actually not being taken over by toxic fumes.


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ames O’Keefe is an two pranksters out of their American patriot and a offices. But they did not. hero. He is a muckraker Comedian Jon Stewart even of the highest regard, and he joked that such practices were is a Rutgers grad. For those of NOAH GLYN probably so commonplace for you who have never heard of ACORN that the group has O’Keefe, he is the founder of The Centurion and one special forms for aspiring prostitutes/money-launof the leading pioneers of the conservative movederers to fill out. It is funny to joke about, but it is ment at the University. He has since graduated, scary that such a perverse organization carries (or entered law school and worked as a conservative at least carried) such political clout in America. It is journalist, frequently using hidden cameras to also sad that a firm established to help lowerexpose hypocrisy, silliness and more recently, a income people is so incompetent. deeply-rooted perversion in a community organizIt is easy to dismiss these illegal activities as the ing group called the Association of Community result of a few bad apples — or bad nuts (sorry, I Organizations for Reform Now. could not help myself). But doing so would ignore O’Keefe has many YouTube gems, like the time the facts. It is not just the “few bad apples” who have he convinced the Brower Commons staff that Lucky offered illegal counseling. The entire apparatus of Charms cereal discriminates against IrishACORN has proved itself corrupt. ACORN’s improAmericans. He also has exposed a Planned priety does not end with O’Keefe’s investigation; the Parenthood operation, which was willing to accept claims of voter fraud carry water, especially since money specifically earmarked for aborting black the federal government, until recently, paid the fetuses. He has made other videos, all of them worgroup for census counting. thy of praise — and perhaps some derision — but it O’Keefe has filmed ACORN offices in New York, is his latest videos that have made him a celebrity Washington, D.C., Baltimore, San Diego, San and a hero for conservatives everywhere. Bernadino, Los Angeles and Philadelphia — though O’Keefe, along with his 20as of now, he has not released the year-old friend Hannah Giles, has tapes of the last two cities. This is “It is easy to dismiss taken down the most powerful not a one-time thing with a couple and influential community organemployees. This is a more these illegal activities as bad izing group in the country. All it profound, epidemic problem in took was $1300, a hidden camera ACORN; they believe themselves the result of a few bad and a little creativity. ACORN above the law, and their arrogance apples — or bad nuts.” is astounding. At the very least, a describes itself as “the nation’s largest grassroots community non-partisan Congressional invesorganization of low- and modertigation should review all of ate-income people.” It also has get-out-the-vote ACORN’s activities. In the meantime, the federal govdrives. This has conservatives crying foul over the ernment should suspend all funding to the organizapossible voter fraud implications. No legal investition. ACORN cannot continue its improper practices. gation ever taken place, because ACORN has powAllowing them to do so would be undemocratic and erful friends, including President Barack Obama would violate the republican values upon which our himself. Since ACORN is closely allied with country was founded. Democrats, everyone knew that it would take someThere is a larger point to this entire drama. And thing drastic to shift the political winds. at the very tip of the point, there is James O’Keefe. O’Keefe did something drastic. He and Giles While conservatives have typically dominated talkdressed up as a pimp and prostitute, and they travradio, progressives and liberals have mostly coneled to ACORN headquarters all across the country, trolled news shows and newspapers. In other filming his attempts to obtain advice on setting up a words, conservatives have been able to inject their house in which teenage girls from El Salvador opinions about the stories, but liberals have mostly would work as sex slaves. This is not a joke. He actucontrolled the reporting. This is not to say that ally told countless ACORN employees that he there is no such thing as an unbiased liberal planned on laundering the money his prostitutes reporter. Quite the contrary, I think there are many earned to pay for a political campaign. One San excellent mainstream reporters, but they are most Diego-based ACORN lawyer even made sexual certainly not conservatives. advances toward Giles. Of course, such practices In presenting these videos, O’Keefe has not preare illegal — let alone immoral — and as a firm that sented himself as a political commentator, but as a received billions of dollars from the federal governSEE GLYN ON PAGE 9 ment, ACORN should have immediately kicked the


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Fashion deeply rooted in Florentine culture


he classic and iconic look of Italian women is intimidating and inspiring for an outsider looking in. It seems women never have a bad hair day or the desire to dress down in Florence, but, looking closer, a welldesigned wardrobe is rooted in Italian tradition. Florentines’ fashion histor y runs deeper than following current trends. Style is a way of life passed down through generations. Luigi Capeto, shop owner of Pitti Vintage, said Italians believe in elegance. Elegance is taught to the next generation. Even during a time of poverty like World War II, Italians exploited natural materials in order to maintain their appearance. Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Emilio Pucci and Roberto Cavalli are some of the designer boutiques I pass on the way to class. These stores on Via de’ Tornabuoni set the high fashion spirit of the city of Florence. Our culture teacher Francesca said, “Ninety percent of the world’s art is in Italy, and half of that is in Florence.” Like any other art form, Italy has a rich history in fashion. Many associate “made in Italy” with quality and beauty. Fashion is another reflection of the importance of

art, intelligence much emphasis on and dedication in image. It is acceptItalian culture. ed for foreigners Guccio Gucci, to have unique KATHLEEN CROUCH style, but it is Pucci, Cavalli and Ferragamo are frowned upon natives to Florence and true artisans who when a native sports an alternative fashperfect the balance of modern design and ion. “Italians are not free about dress, but quality. I am different; I have my own sense of Coming from a city of top designers, the fashion while everyone else is wearing standard of dress — especially for a the same thing,” Zaffina said. Italian culwoman — seems to have more to do with ture does not see fashion as a personal gender expectation than a passion for great expression but rather a continuum of an style. Often expensive tradition. Florentine women Though old “Though old habits die hard, habits die hard, navigate the cobble stone streets with younger generations younger generations are ease in designer are beginning to heels and the outfit beginning to adopt new trends adopt new trends to match. The numbecause other counbecause other countries are ber one staple for a tries are beginning well-dressed woman to penetrate the beginning to penetrate the is the emblem. heart of design. heart of design.” “Italians would “Florence fashion is expect you to have more progressive well-groomed hair, than the countr y an impeccable sense of dressing and really side … more experimental because of neat pair of shoes besides,” said Damyanti international influence,” Capeto said. Ghosh, writer for With global stores like H&M and Chiara Zaffina, a young law student American Apparel in the heart of the city, who lives in Florence, said there is too styles from other countries are becoming

Adventures from Abroad

Pop culture depicts social issues through art Letter JON HOROWITZ


gain I encounter another social commentar y written by a self-indulgent college student assuming moral authority in Tuesday’s letter “Pop culture obsession distracts from real issues.” This author declares that we must reject entertainment and entertainers. He claims that mankind had always revered its leaders but now admires entertainers. Our society in particular worships jugglers as opposed to kings and this makes him angry. Why worship jugglers who waste time entertaining rather than pursue meaningful endeavors? We must follow those dedicated to attaining excellence and improving humanity. We should admire those who want to heal the world and make it a better place for you, me and the entire human race. Entertainers never strive for excellence and never wield the power to inform. Their agendas never involve raising awareness of such humanitarian issues as famines and genocides in Africa or inadequate government responses to natural disasters. Entertainers and social awareness are mutually exclusive. Why admire “jugglers” such as Chris Rock, Richard Pr yor and Bill Cosby? Entertainers neither subversively nor overtly spread important political, cultural or social messages. We shouldn’t waste time listening to artists like Fela, U2 or Manu Chao. Public Enemy is no friend of mine! In addition, no storyteller ever helps one understand the everyday struggles and embody the hard-knock lives of others. Rappers don’t do this and neither do country nor blues nor folk singers. If you don’t know, now you know — entertainers deserve neither your adoration nor attention. Also troublesome is the author’s view of entertainment that in this, arguably, post-post-

modern era is glaringly anachronous. He neglects the variety of roles entertainers assume in various cultures. Entertainers transmit history to unite communities and allow people to explore their own heritage, identity and existence. The author claims entertainers simply offer hollow entertainment and those who follow them are ignorant. But the author unwittingly illuminates ignorance embodied by those who make pretentious, condescending and therefore inherently audacious statements concerning complex subjects they don’t understand. We need not eschew entertainment but rather demand education from our entertainers. Entertainers have always maintained important roles in most cultures because entertainment and education have been inextricably linked, from Homer to Homer Simpson. The author feels sorry for those who perceive entertainers as role models. Wu Tang explained the concept of writing rhymes with a liquid pen among other Socratic philosophies, so I strive to be an entertainer to disseminate knowledge efficiently to the sprawling, fertile masses. As ODB said, “Wu-Tang is for the children, as am I, and the children hate boring, pedantic diatribes.” I feel sorry for he who considers himself an intellectual authority but can’t write a paragraph free of grammatical and reasoning errors. Without addressing the specific misused terms, paradoxical phrases and logical fallacies rampant in the author’s misguided rant, I have effectively proven that an aspiring entertainer may be intelligent, thoughtful and useful, though I concede that attacking a clumsily written student article may not be the most meaningful endeavor.

Jon Horowitz is a Rutgers College alumnus from the class of 2005. He was a Spanish and economics major, New Brunswick resident and Highland Park raised.

popular. A more relaxed bohemian aesthetic is common for students and locals alike. Mixing vintage with new is common in the United States and is becoming more evident on the streets of Florence. Opening a vintage store was risky for Capeto. In the beginning only students from America, Australia and Canada made up most of Pitti Vintage’s cliental, but now Florentines young and old frequent his shop. It is becoming more acceptable for Italians to appreciate the beauty of clothing rather than the name on the tag. Today, there is evidence that Italy is beginning to embrace different fashions cultures, but comparing the two countries is an indicator of bigger societal differences. From a young age Italians are taught to prioritize luxur y while American style is a reflection of personality. Florentine fashion is admired worldwide for its lavishness, but the city serves as an indicator that a new fashion culture is developing. Kathleen Crouch is a University College senior majoring in journalism and media studies. She writes her column, “Adventures from Abroad,” from her semester in Italy. It runs on alternative Fridays.

Refuting claim of U.S. superiority Letter STEPHEN BEESTON


et me start by saying that Kyle Franko’s article “Real futbol is better than American football” was terrific. Well, except the end of it — when he commented about the “British” soccer team and its fans. Before I progress, I would like to say that Franko has more soccer — from here on out referred to as “football” — knowledge than most people I know. He could easily talk and write about football as well as some of my fellow Englishmen. But, as an Englishman I feel compelled to make a few pointers and correct a couple of mistakes. To begin with, I want to make a little historical side note: “Britain” never won the World Cup in ’66. England did. And a little geopolitical note: Britain is a unitary state. England is one of four countries in Britain, along with Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. England and Britain are two different things. When it comes to football, if you say “Britain” in reference to any of these four countries while in the U.K., you would have had a bottle smashed over your head before you realized your mistake. Now I’m sure that in the author’s eyes it would be very “cool” for the U.S. to beat England in the World Cup, but I really don’t see it happening. The U.S. has failed to beat England since ’93 and England has outscored them 35-8 in all encounters. England has also only lost twice in the last two years under Fabio Capello, to

GLYN continued from page 8 reporter. I prefer the term muckraker, because it conjures up the image of a whistleblower, of an undercover reporter breaking the big story, and that certainly applies to O’Keefe. Yes, O’Keefe is a conservative, but his reporting is universal. This self-described “whitest kid you will ever meet” took a

France and Spain away. The U.S. lost to Mexico 5-0 in New Jersey just a few months ago. Quite frankly, when it comes to football, the English national team is different gravy. The fact is, England’s second — even some third string — players would immediately command the place in any club over the vast majority of USA’s first team. England has at least seven of the greatest positional players in the world of football. I challenge the author or anyone else to find a better center back pairing than John Terry and Rio Ferdinand or a better central midfielder pairing than Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. And don’t even get me started on Wayne Rooney. If Franko can find me a team on Earth that would not benefit from having any one of these players in their squad, I will happily wear the Stars and Stripes come next summer and leave the Three Lions in the closet. The fans of any national side that boasted such world class players as those above would definitely be confident in their nation’s chances come World Cup time. Nevertheless, the author was correct when he said that England usually shoots itself in the foot when it comes to major competitions. For the fact is, every year England hasn’t played to its best. But then why do we Englishmen always tell you “how great” we are? Well, it’s quite simple: It’s because we are great. Not just as a team, but as a footballing nation. Now we never say that we are going to win the World Cup; we merely say that we have a

very good chance of doing so. And that’s because we always do. As I said before, we have an incredible team. We also have a great record despite not playing to our full potential. England is one of the most consistent World Cup performers since its establishment. They are also the 4th top nation in the world on average since 1970. Where is the U.S.? They are 48th, behind Iraq (45th) and Iran (29th). But, as a means to move on, I can agree on at least some things Franko said. You can show up for a World Cup match but you will not “witness one of the world’s supreme sporting events;” you will be witnessing the world’s supreme sporting events. The 2006 Super Bowl had 91 million viewers. The 2006 World Cup final alone had near 700 million watchers worldwide. Here I will reiterate one of the author’s points: real football is better than American football. To conclude, while Franko may be dreaming of how “cool” it would be for the U.S. to beat England in the World Cup come next summer, I will be legitimately cheering on my home nation just as I always have — with a quiet confidence. The year 2010 is England’s greatest chance, our greatest chance in 44 years. Jo’burg here we come. Note to the author: Next time, leave the “British” comments aside.

camera, recorded videos and posted them on a blog. But he did not record his rants or simply tell us his opinion. He broke a story that no news agency was reporting. This should teach us an important lesson about the future of journalism. Muckraking no longer belongs to the newspapers or magazines. In fact, it is the minority that now uses print journalism as its primary source of news. The future belongs to the Internet, and in that sense, the future also

belongs to ever yone with an opinion and a computer. But, O’Keefe has taught us that perhaps there can be depth to that reporting. Even for a fleeting moment, we were reminded what real journalism should look like. And for that, he has earned my respect and admiration.

Stephen Beeston is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in English.

Noah Glyn is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in economics. He is also the vice president of the Rutgers College Republicans.



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Today's Birthday (10/02/09) Emotional balance may be hard to maintain now. Get a grip on your situation by asking others what they think needs to change. An opportunity for travel may suit you just fine. Resolve an old issue and you'll be able to move forward more freely. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 — Go straight for the bottom line in every conversation. Skip recriminations. Follow your heart. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Someone gets in your face today. Listen to their advice and compare it to your own understanding. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — An older person shows you the error of your way. Don't compound the problem by quitting. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — A lot of people say a lot of things they don't mean. Sift through remarks carefully and preserve the gems. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — What you need to know is right in front of you. Look around, pay attention and document everything. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Talk things over with younger people first, then seek advice from an older mentor whose judgment you trust.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Take a break from the ordinary. Go outdoors and enjoy the fall atmosphere. There will be time for work later. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Start the day by writing yourself a note. Share it with whomever you meet, but act appropriately to each situation. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — This is a good day to say what you mean and mean what you say. Then act like you mean it. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — You think you know what you're doing. Check the details to be sure. Then, full speed ahead with the plan. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Accept feedback graciously. You actually get more than you want. A practical response is desirable. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Unique material and ideas fall into your hands. Oh, goody! Now you can really get something done.



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Sophomore midfielder Nate Bourdeau, a Baldwinsville, N.Y., native, gets a chance to play against his hometown team when Syracuse visits Yurcak Field tonight for a Big East matchup.

BOURDEAU: Transfer

Bourdeau has settled into a spot on the left side of midfield but could move back to forward Friday when the Knights host Syracuse. RU is without junior continued from back captain Yannick Salmon, who is Bourdeau’s not alone as a suspended after receiving a red transfer coming into a new card in the team’s previous match team. RU has nine transfers on against Georgetown. the roster. A native of Baldwinsville, N.Y., “It does help because it’s not a suburb of Syracuse, Bourdeau like you’re the new guy coming in is looking forward to the chance and all eyes are on you,” for a shot at the hometown team. Bourdeau said. “People are used “There’s just a little bit of extra to it and they know how to treat motivation because I know a couyou, and that makes the transi- ple of the guys on the team,” he tion a lot easier.” said with a smile. His teammates may have welSyracuse (1-8-0, 0-4-0) is at the comed him with open arms, but bottom of the table in the Red the 5-foot-8, 155Division and is pound New York still in search of its “There’s just a native still had to first points in adjust to a new league play, but little bit of extra style of play. Bourdeau knows “The ACC is motivation because nobody can be more of a technical taken lightly in the I know a couple league and probaBig East. bly a little bit “ W e ’ v e of the guys on quicker, but the watched film on the team.” best teams in the them and we know Big East are more that they have NATE BOURDEAU p h y s i c a l , ” some talent,” he Sophomore Midfielder Bourdeau said. said. “They could “It’s different have beaten Seton because in the Hall, but every ACC you get a little bit more free team in the Big East is tough. But time on the ball to dribble, but at the same time it’s a game that here you have to play quick and we know we need to have.” make sure you get back on Rutgers (5-3-0, 3-1-0) is atop defense because [head coach Bob the Red Division with nine points Reasso] really preaches defense.” after winning its first three Head coach Bob Reasso league games. knows the type of player he’s get“We slumped a little bit to ting in Bourdeau. star t the season against “Nate Bourdeau is a good kid Stanford and Santa Barbara so it and he works real hard,” Reasso was nice that we rebounded said. “He’s a kid who played 19 back so quickly,” Bourdeau games at B.C. and started some, said. “I knew this team was so he’s going to bring some capable of it, and three wins in experience. He’s a guy that the Big East is real nice. If we scores a lot of goals in practice could pick up two or three more and he’s going to be a real good wins we’re going to be in real player for us.” good shape.”

showing versatility early in year

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D’IMPERIO: Senior quick to look ahead each week continued from back ethic, head coach Greg Schiano said. “I think he’s coming on now,” Schiano said. “He got a little bumped up in the preseason — nothing that would keep him out, but enough to slow him down a little bit. He looks more like his old self the last 14 days.” Playing through pain is nothing new to D’Imperio, who broke his leg during spring practice before his sophomore year. Although he was projected to start in 2007, the injury kept him out until the third game of the season when he returned to play with screws in his leg. Adhering to Schiano’s “one game season” mentality, D’Imperio is the first one to put struggles or harships behind him and look forward to the next game. The same attitude carries over into games, where Lowery said the captain keeps his teammates in the moment.

“I don’t call anybody out; I just calm them down, tell them to take a deep breath and worr y about the next play,” D’Imperio said. “Once that play’s over, there’s nothing you can do about it.” But his leadership is rooted in practice and preparation, said sophomore linebacker Manny Abreu. “During practice he’ll pull me aside and say, ‘Don’t worr y about the play that just happened. Next play, next play — just shake it off,’” Abreu said. “That, and then with film and his work ethic, he shows the younger guys what to do.” None of that is new from the senior captain. According to Lower y, D’Imperio is the same player he always was. “He’s just the same old Ryan D’Imperio,” Lowery said. And D’Imperio is a natural leader. “He’s just himself,” said senior linebacker Damaso Munoz. “He’s a high pace, high intensity guy. He always plays hard. When the younger guys see that, they want to imitate that.”

Rain in store for Knights at PSU BY JOSH GLATT STAFF WRITER


Senior linebacker Ryan D’Imperio (44) is one of three team captains on the Knights along with Ryan Blaszczyk and Devin McCourty.

TRAVEL: Rutgers to be tested in Land of Cheese continued from back


The Rutgers women’s soccer team gets a lot of mileage this weekend, traveling west to play Marquette before heading to South Florida.


Marquette (7-3-1, 1-1-1), a program consistently in the upper echelon of the conference, is also the team that knocked RU out of last year’s Big East tournament. The Golden Eagles beat RU 10 in last year’s Big East quarterfinals but went on to lose to conference champion Notre Dame in the semi-finals. “Marquette is a very interesting team in that they’ll play anywhere from 20-24 people on the night,” Crooks said. “And with that, it’s going to be high pressure the whole match. They’ll run at you the entire match.” That kind of style played an especially crucial role in the Knights’ loss to Marquette last year. With a severely depleted roster, RU couldn’t hold off Marquette and lost the game on a late goal. But Crooks sees a different scenario this year. “Despite the fact that we’re down some players, we have some greater depth going into their pitch

this year, there’s no question,” he said. “So that will play a role, and I’m sure a lot of people will play on our end too. But dealing with that pressure is vital and it’s part of what we’re working on this week.” The Knights face a tough South Florida team just two days later, despite what the Bulls’ 4-4-2 record might indicate. Although they are a .500 team, the Bulls have been in nail-biters with several highly ranked teams, including a 2-1 loss to No. 7 Florida. “They’re a very well coached team,” Crooks said. “They play a good brand of soccer; they’re a team that makes good soccer decisions and that’s difficult to defend sometimes.” RU is once again without the services of junior back Rheanne Sleiman this weekend. Sleiman has been sidelined since the Knights’ Sept. 18 match against Seton Hall with an ankle injury. They could also be without senior back Jenifer Anzivino. She suffered a hamstring injury in last weekend’s match with Villanova. While Crooks has ruled Sleiman out for this weekend, he labeled Anzivino as questionable.

The Rutgers women’s golf team hopes to get on track this weekend when it travels to Pennsylvania Saturday for the Penn State Invitational. The Scarlet Knights want to rebound f r o m WOMEN’S GOLF their PENN STATE l a s t INVITATIONAL, place finish at SATURDAY t h e Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C. RU struggled two weekends ago with intense rain and a tough field, and they can expect more of the same this weekend. “There will be another pretty strong field this weekend,” Ballard said. “A high level of competition is what we are looking for to raise our level of p l a y. ” Repor ts indicate that poor weather conditions may be a factor yet a g a i n . However, B a l l a r d — Maura Ballard, b e l i e v e s Head Coach the experience the team gained at Furman is invaluable. “Unfortunately, it seems like it may be in the 50s and rainy again, but they will be prepared to play through it,” Ballard said. Beyond gaining experience, the team has had two weeks of practice to improve its short game, which has been an issue in the past. “They have all been working very diligently on chipping and putting,” Ballard said. “I think it will really show this weekend.” Freshman Brittany Weddell has made an impressive start to career, but is working to improve her game leading up to this weekend’s competition. “I’m really excited for the 36 holes on Saturday,” Weddell said. “I’ve been practicing a lot, and I think my game has already improved.” Along with Weddell, Ballard will bring junior captain Jeanne Waters, and sophomores Kristina Lee, Lizzy Carl and Elisa Mateer. Waters, Lee and Weddell have all been impressive playing in both tournaments this season. Mateer and Carl have played in one tournament, rotating with junior Daley Owens for the last two active spots. Ballard has been steadily increasing the level of competition for her team faces. She expects them to rise to the occasion and still achieve positive results. “I’m hoping for a top-10 finish this weekend,” Ballard said.




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True freshman Duron Harmon is making an immediate impact on special teams this season and is fourth on the depth chart at safety.

The Rutgers football team gets its first two-day break since the start of training camp today and tomorrow after the Scarlet Knights finished their bye-week practices. For the players, it marks a chance for time off or time to visit family, with many leaving as soon as last night, pending class schedules. “I’m excited to get a couple of days off,” said senior linebacker Damaso Munoz, who is seventh on the team with 18 tackles through the first third of the season. “It’s going to be good for the body. ... We came into this bye week trying to get better in the fundamentals and tackling and we did that. I think we did a good job.” The Rutgers coaching staff, however, is just as busy as ever, if not busier. Head coach Greg Schiano and six other members of the coaching staff hit the recruiting trail, tr ying to bolster the nine-man recruiting class for next season. “You’re allowed seven guys out and we’re going seven and tagging to get as many places as we can the next few days,” Schiano said. “[Watching foot-

ball] is pretty much all I’m going to do. I’m watching games [today]. I’m watching games Saturday. It’s supposed to rain, too.” True freshman Tom Savage has the chance to rest up after returning to practice yesterday and Wednesday following a concussion he suffered against Florida International. “I thought today was big [for Savage] that he was able to come back and practice after yesterday with no symptoms,” Schiano said. “You never know, but I think two days off doesn’t hurt either. Hopefully Sunday he’s feeling good again and we’ll tr y to put it behind us.”

WITH SENIOR SAFETY ZAIRE Kitchen out all week after a treatment, a pair of young safeties stepped into the role for increased playing time during the bye week. Redshirt freshman Khaseem Greene already showed what he can do defensively with his interception against Florida International and, with Kitchen and sophomore Pat Kivlehan out, has made the most of increased reps. “I think he’s done a nice job,” Schiano said. “I think Khaseem’s a good, young football player.


Every day, every week as he gets some time, he gets better.” True freshman safety Duron Harmon — Delaware’s High School Football Player of the Year in 2008 — also saw increased reps this week, but has not done much beyond special teams in games thus far. “He’s the four th guy in there right now,” Schiano said. “So he becomes the third guy in there now with [Kitchen] not practicing this week. So he’s getting a lot of work. He’s athletic, he can run, he’s not afraid to hit you. ... Ever ything is an experience right now.”




about next year’s backup quarterback position with the departure of two seniors and the position change of D.C. Jefferson, make sure to tune in to ESPN U. tonight at 7:30 p.m. to watch Chas Dodd, Rutgers’ verbal quarterback, commit for next season. Dodd leads the Byrne High School Rebels (S.C.) against Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. Through five games this season, Dodd has 578 passing yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions to go along with two rushing touchdowns.

Hard path lies ahead after first win Jersey boys gaining BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON

respect nationally


Getting the monkey off its back and snapping a nine-game losing streak was key for the Rutgers FIELD HOCKEY f i e l d hockey RUTGERS AT team, LOUISVILLE, who regTODAY, 3 P.M. istered its first victor y of the season Sunday against Sacred Heart. But while the Scarlet Knights finally got one in the win column, the road does not get any easier from here. The team puts itself to the test this weekend when it travels to Louisville to take on two ranked foes in No. 16 Louisville and No. 8 Michigan State. The Knights face off against the Cardinals tonight and the Spartans Sunday. Both teams present a challenge to a Rutgers squad hoping to build momentum off its win over the Pioneers. If the Knights hope to find success this weekend, they must not overlook an important key on the field — talking. “I think that we’ve had really good communication. I brought aside the seniors and the captains this week, and the communication between them and the younger players has really improved,” said Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou. “I think that last weekend we saw a huge improvement in being able to communicate during the game with one another.” After a stretch of games where communication was an issue, the Knights made sure they were more vocal against Sacred Heart, talking on the field as well as shouting from the sidelines. “I think that when you lose games like we had in a row, the frustration tends to set in, and


school, the rivalries were over once they came to RU. Mostly, anyways. “Jersey Roots, Global “We always compare times Reach:” Rutgers’ latest mantra from Holmdel Park because it is on signs around campus and is one of the most challenging c o m m e r - courses in the state of New MEN’S XC cials pro- Jersey,” Gordonov said. “It is moting the school. where all the major state chamNo team follows the motto pionship races are run so we quite like the men’s cross coun- always compare times with tr y team. each other, but it’s The Scarlet Knights are just friendly.” deeply rooted in the Garden The real rivalries on the team State, as all but one member — stem from a different graduate student Taylor sport entirely. Burmeister — are from “A lot of us are Eagles or New Jersey. Giants fans, and “Many of us that comes into “It’s a diverse team feel that this is discussion a our university lot,” Cronin said. because our because we Fan rivalries ethnicities are came here after aside, the fact we lived here most of the different. It’s not really that for a long time,” team is from in said senior where you come from. state acts as a S i m o n bond. It’s about team unity.” huge Gordonov. “Our “The bond is parents lived closer because KEVIN CRONIN here and we we all know the Senior Runner went to high different coursschool here, so es in New there is definitely the sense of Jersey, we all know what times pride and honor in representing we ran, we all know what it’s Rutgers and our home state.” like being cross countr y and While the Knights may not track athletes in the state,” be able to achieve global reach, Gordonov said. “So it definitely they are on their way to achiev- gives us common ground to ing national reach. work from.” “We definitely hold pride The team’s connection that we’re seen at a national runs deeper. level,” said junior Kevin “There’s a bond even Cronin. “We’re going against through where you come from. Big East opponents, and at It’s a diverse team because our [NCAA East] Regionals we’re ethnicities are dif ferent,” going up against real good Cronin said. “So it’s not really teams that are ranked national- where you come from. It’s ly, and we’re ver y proud to about team unity, not where wear our jerseys in the race.” you came from and who you Although many of the Knights are. It’s mostly about what you raced against one another in high put forth and your character.” STAFF WRITER


The Rutgers field hockey team, coming off its first win, sets off on a road trip to take on ranked foes Louisville and Michigan State. what happened for us was we stopped communicating with one another,” Tchou said. “And that’s something we tried to work on with our team.” The Cardinals (5-4, 0-1) are the easier game of the two this weekend and also the most crucial, as the Knights are still working to pick up their first conference victor y. Louisville is coming of f a narrow 3-2 loss to Big East rival No. 5 Connecticut and is also searching for their first conference win. While their 5-4 record may not seem overly impressive, the Cardinals are still a formidable squad with a potent offense — Louisville beat Saint Louis 13-0 earlier this season on the road.

The Spartans sport a 7-3 record and have already posted three victories over top-20 teams this season. The Knights (1-9, 0-2) have only one day’s rest between the two games. RU marks the first contest of the weekend for Michigan State. Tchou said the Knights recognize the challenge ahead of them, but she feels they put together a solid week of practice. “I thought that we improved our play and our structure overall on attack and defense. So I think we’re pretty confident going into Louisville,” Tchou said. “We know they’re going to be tough competition, but we’re just looking to improve. If we’re playing well together for 70 minutes, we have a chance at winning.”



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Bourdeau quickly settles in at new home Marquette, USF makes for travel nightmare


Whether he’s deployed on the left side of midfield or as a second striker, the addition of Nate Bourdeau has already paid off for the Rutgers men’s soccer team. H e MEN’S SOCCER arrived at RU this SYRACUSE AT season RUTGERS, a f t e r TONIGHT, 7 P.M. spending his freshman season at Boston College. The sophomore didn’t take long to make an impact, scoring against Towson on his RU debut and hitting the winner against St. Peter’s five days later. “My whole life I’ve been a guy that’s been mixed around all over the field,” Bourdeau said. “At the club level I played center [midfield] because that’s where you get the ball most, at regional level I played up top and at national team level I played out wide, so I feel like I’m comfortable anywhere.” As a freshman at Boston College, Bourdeau made 19 appearances, scoring once, yet at the end of the season he decided to continue his career with the Scarlet Knights. “It feels a little bit like you are a freshman all over again,” he said about coming into a new school. “What helped me is I knew a lot of the guys here and that definitely helped when I made my decision, but it’s still a new experience because you have to come in and get to know the coaches and the way they like things to get done.”




Sophomore midfielder Nate Bourdeau has two goals in eight games this season for the Rutgers men’s soccer team. Bourdeau transferred from Boston College, where he scored one goal in 19 appearences for the Eagles.

Midway through the 2009 season the 13th ranked Rutgers women’s soccer team is already road tested. The Scarlet WOMEN’S SOCCER Knights have won RUTGERS AT games in MARQUETTE, some of TONIGHT, 7 P.M. the harshest environments in women’s soccer. But it’s been years since an RU team went on a road trip like the one it’s taking this weekend. The Knights fly to Milwaukee, Wis., for a game tonight against Marquette and from there head right to Tampa, Fla., for a Sunday match with South Florida. “We’re trying to make this experience positive from start to finish,” Rutgers head coach Glenn Crooks said. “It’s a difficult task for any team that has to make this trip. But, you know what, it’s just like in the preseason when I told the team that we don’t talk about the heat. We don’t talk about it because then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” While the travel alone is trying enough, the Knights (8-1-2, 2-0-1) also happen to be facing two tough Big East opponents.


D’Imperio at head of opportunistic RU defense BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT

Ryan D’Imperio does not remember part of the Florida International game. H e FOOTBALL knows what happened and can piece it together, but he was on a high he had not experienced since high school. For the first time since his high school days as a running back, the senior linebacker scored a touchdown. “He threw it right to me,” D’Imperio said of his interception. “I caught it and from there I don’t remember until I crossed the goal line. I just blacked out, to tell you the truth.” The Sewell, N.J., native was the first of two linebackers to return interceptions for touchdowns for the Rutgers football team, but said there are no hard feelings from the touchdown-less defensive backs. “We’re just happy, as a whole defensive unit, that we’re putting points on the board,” D’Imperio said. “It’s a really great feeling when you do that.” There is a reason why he speaks for the whole defense. This summer, during training camp, his teammates voted him as one of three team captains. “It’s a great feeling,” D’Imperio said. “It’s something that the players voted on. Because it comes from the players, not just one or two people, it means a lot.”

The selection was a natural one. Starting his second season at middle linebacker, D’Imperio is in a position that naturally lends itself to leadership. “He’s a big, big part of this defense,” said junior linebacker Antonio Lower y. “He makes all the calls, makes all the checks — he does a lot. People don’t see that, but he’s the quarterback of this defense.” Last season, D’Imperio was in the same role while finishing second on the team with 93 tackles. He also had 5.5 sacks and an interception in the Bowl. This season, he is on a similar track, with a team-high 25 tackles, a sack and an interception through the first four games. “I’m pretty much just doing what I’ve always done,” D’Imperio said. “That’s what got me to where I’m at now, so I’m just going to keep on going with that.” Although he had eight tackles in the game against Cincinnati, D’Imperio made strides since the Labor Day defeat — a product of preparation and coaching, he said. “We worked on ever ything,” he said. “You can’t just work on one thing and not the other, because then the other thing starts going wrong.” But the improvement is a matter of health as much as work



Senior captain Ryan D’Imperio leads the Rutgers football team with 25 tackles. The Sewell, N.J., native returned an interception to the house against Florida International, one of three Rutgers defensive scores this season.

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